Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Can Oral Care Improve With The Hydro Floss?

Here we are talking about your home oral care.  That is what you do at home between your regular office visits for cleanings and checkups. 

Your regular cleanings are very important.  The hygienist will clean the built up plaque and tartar from your teeth.    And your dentist will check to make sure that your gums and teeth are healthy.

Plaque and Tartar Are Your Enemy

There is such a concept as healthy plaquing, but that hardly exists today, except in perhaps a few very rare individuals.   So we will not talk about it.

For the purpose of this conversation, we consider all plaque and tartar buildup to be unhealthy.  For most people that is actually the case, so it is correct to view it in that perspective.

Under the plaque and tartar is where the unhealthy or 'bad' bacteria grow.   They grow very quickly there.

Therefore, your hygienist is there to remove that which you were unable to prevent or mitigate with your home care.

The Bacteria

The bacteria that grow under the plaque and tartar are what cause many dental health problems.  This includes cavities and gum disease.

Of the two, gum disease is arguably the more serious.    Gum disease is the  number one cause  of tooth loss.    If we are to believe most dental professionals, then 75% of people have gum disease.  That's 3 out of every four.   Some estimate even higher, some lower. 

Gum disease is the primary cause of tooth loss.  Out of all the teeth that will be lost this year.  The vast majority will be due to gum disease.  

An implant or dentures is usually the solution at that point.   Perhaps they are not perfect solutions, but they are better than nothing because an empty space in your mouth will cause the other teeth to shift around. 

These solutions can also be costly.  Implant costs vary greatly, but they are definitely expensive.  

Gum Disease

Your dentist will tell you if you have gum disease.  One of the most objective measurements is your periodontal pocket depths.  

Generally speaking,  3mms and below is considered healthy and above 3mm is generally considered unhealthy.   These objective measurements become important to you as they measure a more or less critical aspect of your dental health.

They should be measured by either the dentist or hygienist on every visit.  You should know what they are and ask for them if they are not provided. 

If you are at 3mm and below, then what you are doing at home is working just fine.   If you are above 3mm then it is possible that things can get worse from there. 

You adjust your home care accordingly until you are able to get your periodontal pocket depths to 3mm and below and keep them there (between regular dental cleanings).

The regular appointments with your dentist are still important.  The hygienist can get the 'trouble' spots (where plaque and tartar have accumulated and which you have failed to prevent)  cleaned up for you.  

This is the purpose of all the things we do at home:  Brushing and flossing are for disrupting plaque on a daily basis.  This helps to prevent the bacteria from growing quickly.  They need to be shielded from oxygen to do their damage and that is what the plaque and tartar provide for them - a shield! 

A Problem

However,  there is a problem.  We know that a lot of people have some gum disease right now.   So we have to conclude that for many people, regular brushing and flossing may not be enough to prevent problems and those periodontal pocket depths from getting too deep.

No one thing is guaranteed to work 100% of the time for 100% of the people.  Every human body is different.  

However, the Hydro Floss Oral Irrigator has made a big difference for a lot of people, myself included.    I was able to avoid an expensive treatment from utilizing the Hydro Floss.  My gums became healthy again!    I cannot guarantee that it will work for you.  But it has worked for me and a lot of my customers too.

You can improve your odds by reading these directions on effectively using your Hydro Floss.  

Read more on the Hydro Floss
Hydro Floss Customer Reviews   

David Snape

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